As you prepare for worship, give thanks

This morning you may be in a hurry to get to church to worship.  Your clothes may not look or feel right; your children may be complaining; you may have had some conflict with your spouse; you may have slept too late and now you are rushed.

But in your haste to leave the house, do not forget the lesson of this past week (remember Thanksgiving this past Thursday?) to cultivate gratitude in all you do— including your worship.

So meditate on Psalm 132 and use it to express your gratitude toward God.

Give thanks that God is the Lord (Master) and the Mighty One who preserves His people.

Remember, O LORD, on David’s behalf,
All his affliction;
How he swore to the LORD
And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob. (vv. 1-2; also v. 5)

Give thanks that God is a God worthy of worship.

Let us go into His dwelling place;
Let us worship at His footstool. (v. 7)

Give thanks that He provides the righteousness that He demands of His people — a righteousness they are inadequate to provide on their own.

Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness,
And let Your godly ones sing for joy. (v. 9)

Give thanks that God has kept His covenant with David, for God is a covenant-keeping God who cannot forget His promises.

For the sake of David Your servant,
Do not turn away the face of Your anointed.
The LORD has sworn to David
A truth from which He will not turn back:
“Of the fruit of your body I will set upon your throne.
“If your sons will keep My covenant
And My testimony which I will teach them,
Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever.” (vv. 10-12)

Give thanks that God has chosen Israel to be His eternal people and that He will provide her with all her spiritual needs for all eternity.

For the LORD has chosen Zion;
He has desired it for His habitation.
“This is My resting place forever;
Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
“I will abundantly bless her provision;
I will satisfy her needy with bread.
“Her priests also I will clothe with salvation,
And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy.” (vv. 13-16)

Give thanks that He will judge both the unrighteous and righteous with equity and in His judgment of both He will be glorified.

“His enemies I will clothe with shame,
But upon himself his crown shall shine.” (v. 18)

One thought on “As you prepare for worship, give thanks

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s